Have you ever been asleep and wake up with no memory of sending a text message, shutting off an alarm, or had a conversation with someone and not rember it at all? Well you may be 1 of every 7 people thought to be suffering from "Sleep Drunkeness". According to researchers from Stanford University Sleep Drunkeness other wise know as confusional arousal is when a person wakes up and remains in a confused state for a certain period of time before either going back to sleep or fully waking up. According to the National Institutes of Health, this usually happens when someone is awakened during non-rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Usually triggered by a forced awakening, like an alarm or phone call which causes them to be in a state of confusion for up to 15 minutes.
This typicaly happens to individuals whom are shift workers shuch as police officers, doctors, or others whom don't have a regular work schedule and need naps through out the days to compensate for sleep loss. One way researchers say to combat this "Sleep Drunkeness" is to allow 15 minutes after waking up to allow for your self to wake up fully before having to taskes requiring emense concentration just as driving a car.
I thought this was very interesting because there are many times that I wake up late in the morning and I remember setting my alarm at night. I am never sure if I shut it off myself or what happens. I also believe the shift work statement is true because, being a waitress, I work at all different times which really effects my sleeping habits.ReplyDelete
I also work 12 hr night shifts then have school for me and/or get the kids off in the morning so when I finally do get to sleep I find this happens to me a lot! It makes this rough sometimes especially if I don't remember my alarm going off and I have to get the kid on the bus.ReplyDelete
This has happened to me as well. I had a full conversation with my dad one morning and then when he brought it up to me later that night I could not remember. I had a small memory of him coming into my room and hearing his voice, but I could not remember what he said or what my response was. 1 in 7!ReplyDelete
My mom has always said that out of my 5 siblings, I was the one who always would sleep walk. I never believed her until I woke up one day with numerous messages from my friend asking "Are you Drunk?" It turns out I was sleep texting and the messages I sent weren't making any sense! I still don't believe I sleep walk, but after this texting incident, anything is possible.ReplyDelete
This is really interesting. I never knew that having an erratic sleep pattern can affect you so much. I can relate to this since I work in a restaurant working late hours.ReplyDelete